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1 y separately published work icon The Fighting Stingrays Simon Mitchell , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2017 11617727 2017 single work children's fiction war literature historical fiction

'Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates – loyal and adventurous. They’re the Fighting Stingrays. 

'In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy. 

'Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.'  (Synopsis)

1 1 y separately published work icon The Wrong Hand Jane Jago , London : Penguin Books , 2016 10217325 2016 single work novel crime

'We all make mistakes. Moments that change us and the path we are on irrevocably.

'For Rachel Allen it was the moment that she let her son’s hand slip from hers. For Danny Simpson and Graham Harris it was the moment one of them took it.

'Seven years ago Danny and Graham were just children themselves, angry, marginalized and unguided. That was, until they committed a crime so heinous that three families were left devastated. They were no longer just boys. They were monsters.

'Released from juvenile detention, it is time for the boys, now men, to start again; new names, new people. Meanwhile Rachel Allen is desperately trying to move on with her new family and her ex-husband is pursuing an all-consuming quest for revenge and exposure.

'Graham and Danny will always be hiding who they were, always terrified that their crime might be revealed. But are some mistakes too large, the ripples too far-reaching, to outrun forever?' (Publication summary)

2 y separately published work icon Les Deux Acrobates The Two Acrobats Jeanne Ryckmans , Simon Leys (illustrator), ( trans. Jeanne Ryckmans with title The Two Acrobats ) Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2015 Z1431906 1998 single work children's fiction children's

'Frederick & Basil were the best of friends . . .

'From father and daughter team Pierre & Jeanne Ryckmans, Piccolo Nero presents The Two Acrobats. This is a charming, tightrope-walking tale for people big and small, in which we encounter friendship, the circus and the President of France. Poor Basil, he really shouldn’t have eaten those snails . . .' (Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon What Do You Wish For? Jane Godwin , Anna Walker (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2015 6859924 2015 single work picture book children's

'All the children in the street are writing down a special Christmas wish. But what is Ruby's wish? What does she wish for at Christmas time?

'Ruby thinks of all the things that make Christmas special . . . ' (Publication summary)

3 7 y separately published work icon Mr Huff Anna Walker , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2015 6781709 2015 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units)

'Award-winning and much-loved author and illustrator Anna Walker gives us a gentle, poignant, affirming and wise picture book sure to delight all ages. Mr. Huff is a story about the clouds and the sunshine in each of our lives.

'Bill is having a bad day.

'Mr Huff is following him around and making everything seem difficult.

'Bill tries to get rid of him, but Mr Huff just gets bigger and bigger!

'Then they both stop, and a surprising thing happens . . . ' (Publication summary)

16 11 y separately published work icon Here and Now : Letters (2008-2011) Paul Auster , J. M. Coetzee , New York (City) : Penguin Books , 2014 8147260 2012 selected work correspondence 'The high-spirited correspondence between New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster and Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee

Although Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, "God willing, strike sparks off each other."

Here and Now is the result of that proposal: the epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. Over three years their letters touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to incest, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, family, marriage, friendship, and love.

Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page.' (Publisher's blurb)
19 34 y separately published work icon The Childhood of Jesus J. M. Coetzee , New York (City) : Penguin Books , 2014 Z1908494 2013 single work novel (taught in 2 units) ''The child is silent. For a while he too is silent. Then he speaks. 'Please believe me—please take it on faith—this is not a simple matter. The boy is without mother. What that means I cannot explain to you because I cannot explain it to myself. Yet I promise you, if you will simply say Yes, without forethought, without afterthought, all will become clear to you, as clear as day, or so I believe. Therefore: will you accept this child as yours?'

David is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named Simón takes it upon himself to look after the boy.

On arrival they are assigned new names, new birthdates. They know little Spanish, the language of their new country, and nothing about its customs. They have also suffered a kind of forgetting of old attachments and feelings. They are people without a past.

Simón's goal is to find the boy's mother. He feels sure he will know her when he sees her. And David? He wants to find his mother too but he also wants to understand where he is and how he fits in. He is a boy who is always asking questions.

The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.' (Publisher's blurb)
4 28 y separately published work icon Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z1882145 2011 single work novel historical fiction 'Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. She grows up in the fine house her father is so proud of, a strong-willed young woman who's certain where her future lies. She's known Jack Langland since she was a child, and always loved him. But the past is waiting in ambush with its dark legacy. There's a secret in Sarah's family, a piece of the past kept hidden from the world and from her. A secret Jack can't live with... ' (Trove record)
1 2 y separately published work icon A Forest Marc Martin , Marc Martin (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z1879760 2012 single work picture book children's

This picture book traces the encroachment of a city upon a forest until it is no longer. However, when torrential rains destroy the city the forest slowly regenerates.

1 2 y separately published work icon The Story of Billy Young : A Teenager in Changi, Sandakan and Outram Road Anthony Hill , Docklands : Penguin Books , 2014 Z1876513 2012 single work biography war literature 'The Story of Billy Young is the true story of the suffering - and survival - of an underage prisoner-of-war during World War II. Bill Young, who is still alive, enlised in the army in July 1941 aged only 15, though he said he was 19. He went to Singapore, was captured at the fall, and spent the rest of his teenage years in some of the most barbaric Japanese prisons.

From Changi he was sent to Sandakan in Borneo, from which he and a mate were lucky to escape before the infamous death marches. They were quickly caught, however, and Billy ended up in the notorious Outram Road prison in Singapore, where he spent much of the next two years in solitary confinement.

This is the story of how he survived that ordeal. Young Bill is an extraordinary testament to a young man's remarkable courage in the face of some of the most horrific experiences of wartime. It is also the story of the tragic effects of war and its aftermath on the personal lives of those who fought.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 2 y separately published work icon In Her Blood A Vicious Indulgence Annie Hauxwell , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z1853698 2012 single work novel crime

'Everyone is hooked on something.

'It's not that easy to kick the money habit. After the world meltdown forces London's bankers to go cold turkey, people look elsewhere for a quick quid: the old fashioned East End.

'So when investigator Catherine Berlin gets an anonymous tip-off about a local loan shark, the case seems straightforward - until her informant is found floating in the Limehouse Basin.

'In another part of town, a notorious doctor is murdered in his surgery, and his entire stock of pharmaceutical heroin stolen. An unorthodox copper is assigned to the case, and Berlin finds herself a reluctant collaborator in a murder investigation.

'Now Berlin has seven days to find out who killed her informant, why the police are hounding her and, most urgently of all, where to find a new - and legal - supply of the drug she can't survive without.' (From the publisher's website.)

3 23 y separately published work icon The Midnight Zoo Sonya Hartnett , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z1713414 2010 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units)

'Under cover of darkness, two brothers cross a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle. One night they stumble across a deserted town reduced to smouldering ruins. But at the end of a blackened street they find a small green miracle: a zoo filled with animals in need of hope.

'A moving and ageless fable about war, and freedom.' (From the publisher's website.)

6 24 y separately published work icon Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z969271 2002 single work novel mystery (taught in 3 units) The year is 1977, and Adrian is nine. He lives with his gran and his uncle Rory; his best friend is Clinton Tull. He loves to draw and he wants a dog; he's afraid of quicksand, shopping centres and self-combustion. Adrian watches his suburban world, but there is much he cannot understand. He does not for instance, know why three neighbourhood children might set out to buy ice-cream and never come back home.
7 25 y separately published work icon Thursday's Child Sonya Hartnett , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z540722 2000 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) The creature held a great bundle of something tied up in a rag. For a moment we stared, not recognising him, but who else could it have been, who else but wandering Tin. We saw his naked limbs, his waxy skin, his discoloured hair, his hooking razor-sharp nails. He raised lashy eyes to us and we saw a face on its way to another world. Da murmured, "Jesus." Through the long years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute watches with a child's clear eyes her family's struggle to survive in a hot and impoverished landscape. As life on the surface grows harsher, her brother Tin escapes ever deeper into a subterranean world of darkness and troubling secrets, until his memory becomes a myth barely whispered around the countryside. (Source: Trove)
1 y separately published work icon Reach for the Dream Anne Rennie , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z532326 1996 single work novel

'Sometimes life takes you on a journey you never expected . . .

'Alice Ferguson is eight years old when a savage bushfire tears her family apart and she is sent to live with her aunt in the tiny town of Billabrin. Lost and lonely, Alice finds comfort in the beauty of the outback. As her confidence grows she dreams of creating her own home and of one day breeding the best wool in the country.

'Alice's strength and spirit take her far from her roots and the land she loves. As tragedy strikes again, Alice must summon every ounce of her will to keep her dream alive, but nothing can prepare her for the treachery of her jealous cousin or the betrayal of the only man she ever loved.

'A beautiful story of passion, courage and determination from the bestselling author of Under Southern Skies and Ride with the Wind.' (Publication summary)

4 19 y separately published work icon Blueback Tim Winton , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 Z935140 1997 single work children's fiction children's 'Abel Jackson loves to dive. He's a natural in the water. He can't remember a time when he couldn't use a mask and snorkel to glide down into the clear deep. Life is tough out at Longboat Bay. Every day the boy helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. It's hard work but Abel has the bush and the sky and the bay to himself. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life. An ecological novel on a boy who protects a fish from property developers and rapacious fishermen. The boy befriends the fish, a blue grouper while diving for abalone, his family's trade. Blueback is about people learning from nature.' (Source: Trove)
1 y separately published work icon The Silver Moon : Reflections on Life, Death and Writing Bryce Courtenay , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 7722361 2014 single work autobiography

'Each of us has a place to return to in our minds, a place of clarity and peace, a place to think, to create, to dream. For Bryce Courtenay this place was a waterhole in Africa where he used to escape to as a boy, in search of solitude. One evening, while lingering there, he witnessed the tallest of the great beasts drinking from the waterhole in the moonlight, and was spellbound. Ever since, he drew inspiration from this moment.

'The Silver Moon gathers together some of the most personal and sustaining life-lessons from Australia's favourite storyteller. In short stories and insights, many written in his final months, Bryce reflects on living and dying, and how through determination, respect for others and taking pleasure in small moments of joy, he lived life to the fullest.

'From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.'

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